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Bighorn National Forest- The Bighorn National Forest lies in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming. The Bighorn offers a diverse landscape; from lush grasslands to alpine meadows; from rugged mountain tops to canyonlands and desert.
Bridger-Teton National Forest- The enormous Bridger-Teton National Forest lies in western Wyoming, around the town of Jackson. The Bridger-Teton is a land of varied recreational opportunities, beautiful vistas, and abundant wildlife.
Devils Tower National Monument- This 865-foot tower of columnar rock, the remains of a volcanic intrusion, was the Nation's first national monument. Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, photography.
Fossil Butte National Monument- This 50-million year old lake bed is one of the richest fossil localities in the world. Visitors discover that this resource displays the interrelationships of plants, insects, fishes, reptiles and mammals, like few other known fossil sites.
Fremont Canyon Recreation Area- This site lies on the North Platte River downriver from Pathfinder Dam. Interpretive signs, a barrier-free restroom and picnic shelter are provided. The area is also popular for rock climbing.
Grand Teton National Park- Grand Teton National Park, located in the Snake River Valley of northwestern Wyoming, offers an unlimited amount of outdoor activities and facilities in a beautiful setting beneath the stately Grand Teton.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway- Linking West Thumb in Yellowstone with the South Entrance of Grand Teton National Park, this scenic 82-mile corridor commemorates Rockefeller's role in aiding establishment of many parks, including Grand Teton.
Medicine Bow National Forest- Located in south central Wyoming, the Medicine Bow National Forest encompasses much of the Medicine Bow Mountains, the Snowy Range and the Laramie Mountains.
Shoshone National Forest- With Yellowstone National Park on its western border, the Shoshone stretches from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming. It includes portions of the Absaroka, Wind River, and Beartooth Mountain Ranges.
Yellowstone National Park- Yellowstone National Park contains Old Faithful and some 10,000 other geysers and hot springs, which make this the Earth's greatest geyser area.

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Bridger-Teton National Forest
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Bridger-Teton National Forest
Description - Wyoming's wide variety of geographic terrain includes deep canyons, high mountains and semi-arid deserts. Wyomings four National Forests, the Bridger-Teton, Shoshone, Bighorn and Medicine Bow encompass some of the most spectacular, yet least visited mountains in the lower 48 states. Within these forests lie hundreds of miles of trails, mountain lakes and streams, scenic byways and four-wheel drive roads, ski areas, campgrounds and vast wilderness areas.

Yellowstone, the nations first and most famous National Park lies mostly in Wyoming. Yellowstone includes thousands of geysers and hot springs, along with lakes, waterfalls, high mountain meadows and river gorges of spectacular natural beauty. The most notable attraction of Grand Teton National Park is the rugged and beautiful Teton Range. The primary feature of Devils Tower National Monument is the 865-foot tower of columnar rock. Devils Tower was the nations first National Monument. Fossil Buttes National Monument covers an area of outstanding fossilized fish, insects, snails, turtles, birds, bats, and plant remains in 55 million year-old rock layers.

Recreation - Wyoming's National Forests and Parks offer an array of year round recreation activities. Summer activities include hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. Wyomings vast and remote wilderness areas offer some of the best backcountry experiences in the country.

Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activites. The world-class Jackson Hole Ski area is located on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, near the town of Jackson.

Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. The National Forests and Parks in Wyoming mostly occupy the higher elevations. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, frequent sunshine, but heavy snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including strong winds, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, especially in the highest elevations.

Location - National Forests in Wyoming primarily encompass the high mountain areas of the state. With the exception of the Medicine Bow, in southern Wyoming, near Laramie, the other Forests are found in the northern and western portions of the State. The Bighorn is headquartered in Sheridan, the Shoshone is headquartered in Cody and the Bridger-Teton is headquartered in Jackson.

Wyoming is home to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Both of these parks can be found in the northwest corner of the state, north of Jackson and west of Cody.


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Wyoming - Wyoming is within the top ten largest states in the country and the least populated. If you're seeking solitude in wilderness setting look into one of the many recreation opportunities in this state.

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